WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

Why some foreign observers believe President Obama HAS to win the battle with House Republicans

Ardent opponents of President Obama's health-care overhaul may not like it, but some foreign observers looking at the United States from afar increasingly equate the outcome of our current battles in Washington with America's role in the world.

If President Obama loses the fight, he faces an impotent, lame-duck Presidency, and the U.S. position in the world will diminish. If he prevails, the President gets a new boost of adrenalin for his position on the international stage and can resume his pivot to East Asia.

If he loses, the Chinese consolidate their international position.

Some commentators go further. This Italian journalist based in Beijing sees the current battle as a bookend to the American narrative which began with slavery and the Civil War...


Posted at 6:59am on October 8, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Mike from Delaware
Tue, Oct 8, 2013 1:37pm
Interesting article Allan. He makes a valid point. Because of this ridiculous government shut down, Obama's trip to Asia has been postponed allowing the Chi-Com Prez to make the case that there will be no government shut down in China, and China will provide money for new expanded railroads throughout Asia to cause economic growth, etc, etc.

China is ready while the US is looking inept, old, and out dated.

Tue, Oct 8, 2013 10:51pm
Obama put it best. During this shut down we aren't going to collapse entirely, but every day that passes is a missed opportunity.

Both China and Russia are gaining while Republicans have shut down the government.

Tue, Oct 8, 2013 11:18pm
If Obama is going to win anything he's going to have to submit to House Republicans. They're the only ones right now who are listening to "we the people".

Thu, Oct 10, 2013 10:37am
What people are they listening too Pizza... A week ago it was 37%.. Now it is down to 28%... Next week it will be below 18%...

Which means Obama is right; Republicans are not.

Thu, Oct 10, 2013 8:56pm
Kavips: What's right is not always popular and what's popular is not always right.

Thu, Oct 10, 2013 11:04pm
You are correct in saying "not always".. but most of the time, it is... In fact, almost all of the time it is....

What is popular, is usually what is right. Example: the most popular religion in the US is Christianity.

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